About the Programme
This cross disciplinary Master’s Program in Global Health provides students with a broad range of competences that are necessary for promoting global health equality and equity. The intersections between global and local health are influenced by a myriad of social and biomedical dynamics that need to be taken into consideration simultaneously in order for students, scholars and policy- or decision makers to fully understand all of the issues at hand. The courses therefore present and condense major global health challenges and their governance from the perspectives of biomedicine, public health, international relations, development economics, social work and anthropology into actionable steps. With frontline research as the point of departure, the program’s aims is to encourage students to critical thinking and independent work. The program equips students with practical skills and tools needed for mapping, analyzing and solving complex global health problems.
Work opportunities within global health will be found at a broad range of organizations engaged in promoting population health, such as local and regional public health units and authorities, ministries of health and social affairs, UN bodies and non-governmental organizations. Global health professionals perform a wide spectrum of tasks such as: collecting and analyzing population data on disease and health patterns, creating public policies for promoting healthy lifestyles, implementing human rights doctrines or improving access to health care and other societal services to vulnerable groups.
The first term focuses on the global burden of disease and the globalization of health care. Students gain a basic understanding of major causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide, as well as global efforts to reduce health disparities. The role of Sustainable Development Goals and Human Rights doctrines in work for health equality and equity, including their meaning in diverse settings, is presented. Quantitative research methods used in epidemiology (including biostatistics) and qualitative research methods are taught and practiced for the purpose of building the skills necessary for validating the health status of populations. Public health ethics (basic principles of ethics to global health, international codes of ethics, and its applications) are discussed throughout this term.
The second term has two main themes: global health governance and global health economics. The first part focuses on multi- and international institutions, their mandates and how this relates to national and local authorities and communities. Health system models are compared and contrasted on their ability to promote health equity, development, and security. Various forms of governance as well as strategies to support collaborative practices for incorporating relevant stakeholders when planning for global health interventions are worked upon. The second part of the term concentrates on health economics. Micro- and macroeconomic theories and methods are taught and students learn how to evaluate health care programs in order to set priorities in the face of limited funds. The economic, environmental and social implications of different priorities are discussed in relation to a sustainable development.
Students’ competences in epidemiology and biostatics are deepened in the first course of the third term term. Social and environmental determinants of health are in focus. A large part of the course consists of workshops where students put their theoretical knowledge into practice in order to be prepared for the independent collection and analysis of data that is required in the fourth term thesis course. The second part of the term combines theory and practice, with a focus on disease prevention and health promotion in at risk groups. Methods for identifying at risk groups’ barriers to health and health care as well as for stakeholder capacity strengthening are thought in the theoretical part and are then practiced at a global health work place of student’s choice. In addition, sustainable program management is again brought up to maximize students’ future contributions to effective policy, enhanced practice, and improved and sustainable health outcomes.
The last semester of the program is devoted to an individual master’s thesis. Students plan and carry out a research study relevant to global health, and present the scientific work at a final seminar. A supervisor from one of the departments responsible for the program is assigned each student. However, students are encouraged to carry out their thesis work in a research group or a global health agency that is collaboratively identified with their supervisor and the course leader.
Requirements and Selection
REQUIREMENTS: In order to be accepted for the Master’s Programme in Global Health, students must meet the basic entrance requirements, hold a Bachelor’s degree worth 180 credits in a social sciences/health sciences/economics/arts main area or equivalent and English B/English 6 at upper secondary level or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.
SELECTION: Applications will be ranked by the Institute of Medicine based on students degrees earned, work experience and motivation for applying to the program. A verification of degree and English requirements (TOFEL) must be submitted together with a completed application form template containing the following items (each item should not exceed 250 words): * Education (Accompanied with certified copies of transcript and degree certificate) * Ambition and Initiative * Work Experience (Accompanied with statement from your employer) * Research Experience (Accompanied with statement from academic referee or publications) * Letter of Intent The template to be used for the application and specific information about requirements is found at:http://medicine.gu.se/english/phcm/Epidemiology+and+Social+Medicine/education/Public_Health/master-s-programme-in-global-health
Application fee: 900 SEK
Full programme cost: 283 416 SEK
First payment: 70 854 SEK
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